University of Aberdeen
University of Aberdeen improves student study experience with any device, anywhere learning through VMware Horizon
The University of Aberdeen strives to position itself as an attractive option for the best students and academic teaching talent. With end-users more tech-savvy than ever before, the university realised improving the IT experience was crucial. As a result, the University of Aberdeen has deployed VMware Horizon to create a more ﬂexible learning environment, with students and staff given access to all of the learning tools needed to learn or teach in the most convenient way possible – via a number of different devices and from any location –whether that be on or off campus.
Based in Aberdeen, Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is the ﬁfth oldest university in the UK, founded in 1495. With more than 16,000 students, it has a proud history of academic excellence, ranking consistently among the top 1% of the world’s universities.
The University of Aberdeen boasts one of the largest wireless campuses in Europe and continually strives to improve the satisfaction of its students – whether that’s through providing the best accommodation or study facilities.
Top UK University
The University of Aberdeen is extremely proud of its heritage as one of the world’s oldest and top universities and wants to ensure it carries its reputation as a great place to study into its sixth century of academia. Aberdeen is committed to maintaining its position as one of the top universities in the UK and knows that a world class student experience is a key component of achieving this.
Tech savvy students
The university was conscious that the students now enrolling have grown up more akin to technology than their predecessors, with the use of mobile phones, tablets and laptops a key factor in their everyday lives. As such, the university is committed to continuing to meet the evolving needs and expectations of the student community.
“We’ve always strived to provide a good experience and the feedback we got from our students was never bad, but we knew the landscape was changing when it came to technology – and we had to change with it,” said Ian Rowley, Desktop Manager, IT Services, University of Aberdeen.
“Given the current generation of students has grown up able to get online and access any service or application they needed from anywhere and on any device, they come to university expecting the same access to technology here. That put a lot of responsibility in the IT team’s hands – we had the power to provide the value-add the university leadership team was looking for.”
The consumerisation of IT saw more and more students turning up to the university with their own tablets and mobile devices for studying.
“Students said that they would love to be able to study in a more ﬂexible manner, whether on campus grounds on their own laptop, or even just from their halls of residence. As the student experience is so crucial to the way we operate, we wanted to make sure they could meet their needs,” added Rowley.
“Another way the IT team knew it could enhance the desktop estate and meet student needs was to get rid of its old proxy servers, speed up simple apps like library book searches and enable advanced programs such as image rendering or 3D graphics.”